UPDATE 1-Capitol Bancorp to exchange TruPS; start rights issue

Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:18am EST

* Considering reverse stock split as part of capital plan

* To raise up to $25 mln from a rights issue

Dec 23 (Reuters) - Capitol Bancorp Ltd CBC.N said it will exchange its outstanding trust-preferred securities (TruPS) for common shares and begin a rights issue as it looks to shore up its capital position.

The Lansing, Michigan-based company also said it plans to seek shareholder approval for a reverse stock split within a range of 1-for-5 to 1-for-75 in an effort to lift its depressed share price.

The TruPS exchange, with a liquidation value of about $170.8 million, will wipe off a $16 million annual interest expense, while the rights issue is expected to raise up to $25 million, the loss-making company said.

In a bid to conserve cash, the company has deferred its interest payments on all TruPS since mid 2009, it said.

The company, which suffered losses from operations since 2007, has been plagued by significant increases in nonperforming loans, foreclosed real estate and loan losses.

It has been under increased regulatory scrutiny and enforcement action after erosion of its regulatory capital levels.

In 2009, Capitol Bancorp entered an agreement with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which requires the company to improve its operating results.

Shares of the company closed at $0.45 on Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock has lost 78 percent in value in the one year. (Reporting by Archana Shankar in Bangalore; Editing by Jarshad Kakkrakandy)

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